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Workshop East Javanese Batik

March 2 @ 1:00 pm - March 4 @ 4:30 pm

Batik is a well-known traditional fabric of Indonesia that employs a technique of applying wax-resist dyeing to the cloth either by drawing dots and lines with a spouted tool (canting), or by printing various motives with a copper stamp (cap). The wax-resist prevents dyes to penetrate, so that only the parts without wax will be colored. Wax can then be removed with boiling water and a new color eventually applied until the design is completed.

Most people are familiar with batik from Central and West Java, but East Java has also many areas, including Madura, Sidoardjo, Jember and Bondowoso, where batik have been produced for centuries with patterns quite distinct from other parts of Java.  The three workshops to be held at SEA Junction on 2, 3 and 4 March from 1 PM to 4 PM will introduce the participants to the East Javanese batik by having them practice the batik making process.

Each class is complete in itself and starts from the applying of the wax to the already patterned cloth to the cloth being dyed and, lastly, to the taking away of the wax. Each participant will receive a small cotton cloth with motifs already designed by the instructor, Ayu Christina, a professional batik maker from Sidoardjo, East Java. This is because of time constraints, but if there is interest, separate classes focusing on the design of the patterns will be help in the morning from 10.30 AM to 12 PM, to be continued at 1-4 PM with the regular class.

Classes are the same for all participants, but there are three packages depending on the batik souvenirs that will be given:

  1. Basic Package: The instructor will explain all the steps and guide the participants until they complete the making of a small East Javanese batik table cloth. All the materials needed including the batik cloth, the wax, the colors and the canting will be provided. At the end of the class, the participants can bring home the batik they made for drying. This package costs TBH 600
  2. Shawl Souvenir Package: in addition to the teaching and material provided with the Basic Package the participant will also receive an East Javanese batik shawl of choice (among those available) 1.80 cm of length. This package costs TBH 800.
  3. Batik Cloth Souvenir Package: in addition to the teaching and material provided with the Basic Package the participant will also receive an East Javanese batik cloth of choice (among those available) of the size of 2 meters. This package costs TBH 1000.

For the additional design class a fee of TBH 150 is added to compensate the instructor. Ayu Christina will also offer for sale a limited number of batik cloths in cotton and pashima made by herself and from other batik makers in local cooperatives.

To enable us to properly prepare for the workshop we appreciate your reserving for the workshop. For reservation and payment information please contact us via email southeastasiajunction@gmail.com or phone/wa: +66970024140


About SEA Junction, OUR Venue on Southeast Asia 

SEA Junction aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions –from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium) SEA junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information see www.seajunction.org and join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693055870976440/


March 2 @ 1:00 pm
March 4 @ 4:30 pm
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SEA Junction, Room 408, BACC
939 Rama 1 Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330 Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
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